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Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor Workshop in Homer April 15-16

The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association (AMSEA) will offer a Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor workshop in Homer onSunday, April 15, from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM and on Monday, April 16, at a time to be announced. The workshop will be conducted atthe Best Western Bidarka Inn, 575 Sterling Highway.

Instructor Anna Borland-Ivy will cover cold-water survival skills; EPIRBs, signal flares, and mayday calls; man-overboard recovery and firefighting; flooding and damage control; dewatering pumps, immersion suits and PFDs, helicopter rescue, life rafts, abandon ship procedures, and emergency drills. There will be and in-the-water skills session, giving participants practical experience with PFDs and immersion suits, employing survival techniques, and righting and boarding an inflatable life raft.

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AMSEA Drill Conductor workshops meet the U.S. Coast Guard training requirements for drill conductors on commercial fishing vessels. This workshop is an excellent opportunity for commercial fishermen and other mariners to gain hands-on training with marine safety equipment and learn best practices for surviving emergencies at sea.

This workshop is free to commercial fishermen, thanks to support from the U.S. Coast Guard, the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community & Economic Development, the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health, and AMSEA members. The cost is $175 for all others. Interested mariners may register at www.amsea.org or call (907) 747-3287.

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